Life Support

Life Support: Diary of an ICU Doctor on the Frontline of the Covid Crisis

Paperback Published on: 04/11/2021
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'Deeply affecting - a personal memoir that grips, harrows, inspires and, ultimately, uplifts with its vein of deep humanity' Philippe Sands' An extraordinarily frank book laced with humour and self-deprecation' The Times As a doctor on the intensive care unit at one of London's top hospitals, Jim Down has spent his life working as healthcare's last resort, where each day reveals a new challenge. But nothing could prepare Jim and his colleagues for the events of spring 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic put them on the frontline of a global health crisis. In Life Support, Jim tells the extraordinary month-by-month story of how, as the world came to a standstill, he and his co-workers faced down the biggest challenge in the history of the NHS. Full of warmth, honesty and humour, this book is a gripping and moving testament to the everyday heroism of the NHS staff in a global emergency, and an unforgettable insight into what was really happening on the wards as we clapped on our doorsteps.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241506325
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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Life Support
The very human side of the battle against covid, as told by an ICU doctor.
Jim Down has written a gripping, emotional and above all very honest account of the pandemic. His family is frequently mentioned, as are ‘beyond work’ inte... READ MORE
Belinda Rios
Life Support
The very human side of the battle against covid, as told by an ICU doctor.
For anyone suffering from social-distancing fatigue, or those taking the covid pandemic with a pinch of salt – read this book. It’s not a list of statistic... READ MORE
Belinda Rios
Life Support
Why we clapped for the NHS
Thanks to the Reading Agency and Warwickshire Libraries who sent me a copy of this book, which otherwise I would never have read. And I am so glad I did. ... READ MORE
Colin Udall
Life Support
Makes you think!
I am really glad that I read this book-the reading group I belong to was gifted copies via The Reading Agency in return for a review. It’s not a title I wo... READ MORE
Emily Davis
Life Support
This is an interesting read
Life support has made sense of the of the pandemic. It is emotional, moving and humbling. It explains the situations from an ICU doctors’ point of view and... READ MORE
Mokshuda  Bahar